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Secret radio stations found in Orissa high-security zone

Secret radio stations found in Orissa high-security zone

Author: Soumyajit Pattnaik
Publication: The Hindustan Times
Date: May 15, 2002

The detection of illegal radio stations and the arrest of a few suspects in the Rajnagar area of Kendrapara district on Monday has blown the lid off the activities of illegal Bangladeshi nationals, and the security breaches made in the vicinity of sensitive defence installations. The main transmission centre of the radio station was located near Dhamra port, which is close to the missile testing range at Wheeler Islands, said officer-in-charge of Rajnagar police station Alok Ranjan Ray .

Director General of Police N.C. Padhi said further investigations into the operations of illegal radio stations in Rajnagar and nearby sensitive areas like Dhamra and Wheeler Islands are on.

One Baburam Dey has been taken into custody. The police are looking for a second suspect identified as Ardhendu Jana, Ray said. The arrested persons claimed they did not transmit any sensitive information. But since the accused are illegal Bangladeshi immigrants, the police suspect there is more to these radio stations than meets the eye.

It is suspected that the transmission centres were set up by Pakistani intelligence agencies as eavesdropping posts near the Wheeler Islands, using human intelligence (humint) operatives. It is also suspected that the radio stations were being used to disseminate coded information within a limited radius to some illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in the pay of foreign intelligence agencies.

In the past couple of years, several Bangladeshis were arrested while moving suspiciously near the Chandipur Interim Test Range. Many were booked under Section 14 of the Foreigners' Act.

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